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Red Sand Beach

Address: Matala, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Matala
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

There is nothing wrong with this beach. In fact it's a very nice beach. If it had pure white, or red for that matter, sand, it would be an excellent beach. The sand, alas, is brown, which makes this a false advertising beach.

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Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Beach is excellent but no shadows there, so take umbrella or stay till noon only. Note: it seems to be very popular place for nudists. Long way up and down, better avoid it if you have troubles with health. And I can't tell that sand is very red itself. But worth visiting.

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Craiova, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The beach is about half an hour walk on the mountain so make sure you take some good shoes. The view is amazing, so you can stop to rest along the way. Personally I consider the walk invigorating, but it's ok even if you are out of shape. The beach is not so populated so if you're looking for some... More 

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Bytom, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I have visited more than 40 countries and I have visited many beaches in Australia, Croatia, Cuba, Tenerife. But Red Beach in Matala is one of most beautiful beaches ever! The sand has a really nice orange-yellow color. Usually there are quite big waves. You need to hike about 40 minutes to get there. It's mainly a nudist beach, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Beautiful beach known for its red sand. you can reach it with a walk of 30/40 min. it is not very easy: remember to dress proper shoes! and don't forget water: the walk is completely in the sun; no shadow. But there is a beautiful panorama. The beach has a little taverna.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Well I don't understand the good reviews, unless your a nudist. To get there you have to walk uphill over a very rocky surface which is not for the faint hearted, and down to the beach. Yes it was Sandy and fairly crowded, what no one tells you is that once you step into the water is that it's like... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I feel first point to be made about red beach is that upon my experience it was the left hand side of the beach that was designated for nude sunbathing. Another important point is that you can only get there by foot or sea if you have the means to get there. The walk involves quite a hike up and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The hike from Matala is sweaty but not too bad, it took us 15 minutes to get up and 15 minutes down. There were signs to guide you. I wore well fitting flats which were fine and my partner wore running shoes. Don't try and climb in flip flops. I was surprised the sand wasn't redder. It was a nice... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Beautiful beach but do not go to Janis'place. He tried to sell us his mojito which is supposed to be the best in matala. Well he needs to learn how to make real mojitos. It is disgusting and far more expensive than any other place in Matala. My wife and I saw how he refused to serve a gay couple!!!!!!... More 

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Porvoo Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I visited the Rethymno beach at date 21.06.2014. This beach is one of the largest beaches at Crete. It is located on the west and east side of Rethymno city. The sand beach is very long over 20 kilometres. Many hotels has their own beaches. At many points the city is owner of the beach and there you can swim... More 

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